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I started this post back in 2011. Um. . . Crazy. Originally it was about three books I had bought in September of that year. I’ve bought WAY more than three books since I wrote this post. S also gave me a kindle since then, which has revolutionized reading for me. These books are still worth sharing, and you should still add them to your shelf —so here goes!

The Hidden People is a sketchbook by illustrator  Cory Godbey. Whimsical and fantastic creatures bring a smile at every turn of the page. My husband and I were super happy to be able to snag a signed copy from Cory at the Indie Craft Parade in 2011, and you can get still get your very own copy on Etsy! Since getting The Hidden People, we have also added Cory’s newest sketchbook, Menagerie, to our library as well. Again, it’s awesome, and you need a copy.

 

I picked up Make & Do from Mollie Greene back in yesteryear as well—via Etsy, where else? Sweet paper crafts fill the pages – which is probably why she has a new book coming out in June actually called Sweet Paper Crafts! It’s available for pre-order on Amazon. I made a mobile of dog cut outs from an idea in the book. It may not be practical, but a mobile of patterned paper puppies is super cute to have hanging around.

And of course, one and a half years later, I can’t remember what the third book was. It’s photo wasn’t saved in the draft. We will have to wonder together what the third book that I pondered writing about was. If you figure it out, let me know! In lieu of not having a third book to share, here’s a review of what I have been reading this year:

  • Life Together, Dietrich Bonhoeffer – Amazing, convicting, though provoking. Been going through with a good friend over coffee in the morning. 
  • Faithful Women and Their Extraordinary God, Noel Piper – Five stories about five awesome women. Lilias Trotter was probably my favorite in the book, but all the women were inspiring.
  • Feminine Appeal, Carolyn Mahaney – Not very far through yet. I think I’m in the first chapter
  • The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald – Wanted to refresh my memory since the movie is coming out. The story made me sad for all the characters in it.
  • Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen (did I even need to type it?!) – the 200th anniversary of the publication was this spring. To quote Kathleen Kelly, “Ah! Read it. I know you’ll love it!”
  • Under Wildwood, Colin Meloy – Very cool illustrations. Great sequel to the first book, Wildwood. SPOILER ALERT: It’s a cliff hanger.
  • Prince Caspian, C.S. Lewis – Classic. Adventurous. Reading for the millionth time.
  • The Meaning of Marriage, Tim Keller – I would recommend this book to anyone—regardless of your marriage status. It’s about relationships pointing to Christ. Very insightful.

AND finally – I just can’t wait for the fourth book in the Wingfeather Saga by Andrew Peterson to come out! Dear Andrew, please hurry writing. I know your computer crashed and everything was lost. But I have to know what happens next!

I’m very proud of my sis who is an amazing designer, illustrator, writer and musician. Seriously. She does all of that! It’s incredible. Now she has added a new talent to that list, blogging. Cathryn has started her very own blog, Corner Dreams, where she shares her fabulously crafted stories, illustrations, and will be adding more in the future! Once you start reading, I’m sure you’ll be hooked. My advice, start from the beginning!

My adorable little sis

Stellar illustration from Corner Dreams

This week Stephen will be joining me on the blog to guest post about some gems from Charleston, SC. You won’t want to miss his inagural post on the blog, so check back! Stephen will be guest posting every other month or so, bringing fresh perspective and a new voice to WT. Welcome, Stephen! Good to have you on the blog.

photo by j.aaron greene

Thanks to the amazing and wonderful Jeanne for providing us with a lovely guest post on Indie Craft Parade – make sure you stop by her blog, Drive-Thru Monologue.

The Indie Craft Parade was an ice cream sundae—all sorts of your favorite delicious treats poured or sprinkled or squirted on MORE of your favorite delicious treats. It really was the nicest evening of friends, family, food and love all in the name of handmade expression, colors, textures and mediums.

Before I delve into my experience, let me give you some background. I’m not an art show junkie, crafter, musician or designer. I’m fairly mainstream (as much as I’d like to think I’m not). I rarely create with anything other than words or pasta and tomato sauce. At times I have tried to discuss art, but my ears almost melted off my head in embarrassment for how dumb I sounded. Basically, I’m a consumer. All that to say, the event was NOT exclusive. It really was for everyone—connoisseurs and consumers alike. I believe the ICP accomplished its mission of presenting crafts to and interacting with the local community (community being a general term to emphasize the universal appeal of the ICP to all types of people, young and old).

Now onto the good stuff (picture my arms flailing and my mouth and eyes getting really excitable—this is how I’d look if I was verbally relating my story).

(Read more of the 411 and view pictures of ICP goodness after the jump!)

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Last week, a friend of Christin’s introduced us to DesignWorkLife, the blog of Courtney & Brian from NYC-based design firm Seamless Creative. We’ve really enjoyed not only perusing through Courtney & Brian’s portfolio, but also have gotten some great inspiration from the font trends, patterns, color palettes, and fresh design pics that are daily featured on the blog. A new post is up today about Where the Wild Things Are, one of the most anticipated movies of the year! Add this blog to your reader, and you’ll not be disappointed!

So blogs in general are foreign to me – I enjoy reading them, not so familiar with writing them. But I wanted to let you know about something totally great, Wishful Thinking Designs. My husband, Stephen & I enjoy all things crafty and artsy, and we want to share our creations and inspirations with everyone. So while we sat at a lovely restaurant in Charleston, we drew up an idea that has become just Wishful Thinking.

So, since this whole blog thing is new: I’ll just say, check out our website at wishfulthinking.carbonmade.com or leave a comment on the blog! We’d love to hear from you